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The benefits of core conditioning — a trimmer tummy and much more

October 01, 2008

Many of us would like to firm up our tummies, a goal that seems more frustrating and elusive the older we get. Working on strengthening a variety of trunk muscles, collectively known as “the core,” can help with that — and much more, reports the October 2008 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

The core muscles — the muscles in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis — lie roughly between the rib cage and the hips. The strength and coordination of these muscles is important not only for sports and fitness routines but also for daily life — for example, reaching up to a shelf, lifting a child, or sponging a spot off the floor.

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